Oohhs & Aahhs
1005 U St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw
Cuisines: Soul Food, Southern, American
Open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 10 PM, Sunday noon to 7 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Fried chicken; mac n' cheese; Cajun-spiced turkey chop; beef ribs; shrimp with peppers and onions; fried lobster; chicken wings and boneless breasts; beef or turkey meatloaf; broiled whiting; candied yams; cornbread.
Entrees, $7.95 to $24.95.
Why go: Soul-food joints abound, but none is as appealing as this bustling operation, a joint effort of friends Indiah Wilson and Oji Abbott. For all the heft of the portions, this is detail-driven cooking—from the blend of spices in the fried chicken to the creamy softness of the mac and cheese.
What to get: Definitive Southern-fried chicken (almost exclusively meaty wings); collard greens; the mac and cheese of your dreams; pounded breast of turkey slathered with Cajun seasonings and deep-fried; egg-fortified sweet potatoes.
Best for: Late-night refueling; a quick dinner.
Insider tip: After midnight on weekends, there’s chicken and waffles—a glorious way to split the difference between dinner and breakfast.
Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
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